Brandon C. Moore, Ph.D.

  • Brandon MooreAssociate Professor of Biology at Stephens College School of Health Sciences and Physician Assistant Studies
  • BA: Duke University
  • BS: Arizona State University
  • PhD: University of Florida
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Tulane University

Phone: 573-882-2536

Teaching: A&P, reproductive sciences, and molecular foundations of medicine. Former and future VRSP mentor.

My research program is focused on comparative reproductive anatomy of crocodylians, particularly studying the functional complexity and rapid morphological divergence across crocodylian penile forms. We are finding clear, large-scale phylogenetic patterns of morphological difference among major clades, which suggests strong selective pressures on male genital morphologies. As a study model, crocodylians provide a range of 23+ extant species, of which there is a pronounced lack of detailed knowledge about copulatory interactions and genital anatomical novelties. Over the last few years, I have developed a collaborative group of US, South African, and Argentinian colleagues at universities, zoos (notably the Omaha and St. Louis Zoos) and commercial operations to move toward characterizing reproductive morphological variation among Crocodylidea, Alligatoridea, and Gavialidae genitalia. We are characterizing the architecture and properties of functional tissue types and deducing the tissue-to-tissue interactions that facilitate effective gamete transfer. These interactions are critical for fitness and most likely influence cryptic female choice of sperm utilization.

  1. BC Moore, C Holliday, S McMurray, S Platt, and T Rainwater. Correlation Between Increased Post-Pubertal Phallic Growth and the Initiation of Cranial Sexual Dimorphisms in Male Morelet’s Crocodile. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A, in press
  2. BC Moore, HB Groenewald, and JG Myburgh. Histological Investigation of the Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) Phallic Glans. The South American Journal of Herpetology. Invited as part of a special issue marking the 24rd Working Meetingof the IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist Accepted, in press
  3. MD Hale, TM Galligan, TR. Rainwater, BC Moore, PM Wilkinson, LJ Guillette, and BB Parrott. The AhR signaling pathway in the American alligator links historic exposures to modern day effects on offspring development. Environmental Pollution. Nov 2017
  4. BC Moore, D Spears*, T Mascari*, and DA Kelly. Morphological characteristics regulating phallic glans engorgement in the American alligator. Integrative and Comparative Biology, Oct 2016
  5. DA Kelly and BC Moore. The Morphological Diversity of Intromittent Organs. Integrative and Comparative Biology, Oct 2016
  6. BC Moore and DA Kelly. Histological Investigation of the Adult Alligator Phallic Sulcus. The South American Journal of Herpetology, 10(1):32-40. 2015. Invited as part of a special issue marking the 23rd Working Meetingof the IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist
  7. S Kohno, BB Parrott, R Yatsu, S Miyagawa, BC Moore, Taisen Iguchi and LJ Guillette Jr. Gonadal differentiation in reptiles exhibiting environmental sex determination. Sexual Development, 8(5): 208-26. 2014
  8. BC Moore, K Mathavan*, and LJ Guillette, Jr. Morphology and histochemistry of the juvenile male American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) phallus. The Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology, 295(2) p328-337. 2012